Emil Tyden accomplished many things in his life, including over 200 patents for technology that is still used today. He also bought land in North Central Iowa and built up 8 different farms. This website is dedicated to telling you the story of Emil Tyden and Farm No. 6.
On a tour at Tyden Farm No. 6 you will discover one of America's true unsung innovators. After Emil Tyden, a Swedish immigrant's arrival in 1882 he would invent the Tyden seal during his railroad days and patent the Viking sprinkler system while manufacturing in Chicago. You'll also learn about Emil’s service as a "dollar a year man" during World War I, and how he transformed 8 farms in north central Iowa into grand operations between 1915 and 1936. These farms provided employment to many locals during The Great Depression, serving as just one example of Col Tyden's kindness throughout his many endeavors. LEARN MORE
Ted knew about the Tyden farms while he was growing up. His aunt and uncle lived just up the road as the saying goes. When Ted’s family would visit them they would drive by Tyden Farm No. 6. He started noticing the size of it by the age of 12 comparing to the work on his father’s farm. Ted and Judy met while attending North Iowa Community College in Mason City and were married October 4, 1969. They began their married life on Tyden Farm No. 3 in the little hired man’s house. The reason for this was Ted’s parents Dick and Jean had rented No. 3 and moved there in March of 1969. Ted was still attending North Iowa Community College when in the spring of 1971 they rented their first farm. He worked for his father, exchanging labor for the use of his dad’s machinery... LEARN MORE
“The Barn Raisers” - Excerpts for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Tyden Farm No. 6, rural Dougherty, Iowa,…
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By Phil Pitzenberger | 2011 My parents, Ted and Judy Pitzenberger own a 40x 140 foot barn that is as…